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Town Called Pondy


In my second post I had mentioned about Puducherry and its resident ghosts and spirits. First a little about Puducherry or Pondy. Pondy is a large town or small city situated 200 kms south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is Union Territory and was ruled by French until its merger into India. The city of Pondy, as designed by French, was divided into two sections: 1. The white town and 2. The Tamil town. The French, or White town, has buildings that are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The French Town is also known for famous Ghost sightings and Ghost stories. Though majority of these properties are known renovated and converted into either home for rich or hotels.

Well I am going to share with some incidents from the French Town of Pondy. That's why such a long narration of Pondy.

First Incident:

Pondy has high sea-face, wide road, pavements with buildings on side (just like Marine Drive of Mumbai). This is major tourist attraction of Pondy. We call it Beach Road.

One of the political parties had their offices in one of the buildings on the sea-face for many years. The upper portions of the buildings were damaged due to disuse. There were rumors that someone was killed in the upper eastern sections of the building and, hence, that section was abandoned. Around the time I moved to Pondy, the political party had sold the property to one of the rich persons in the town. This man renovated the place.

During the renovations I used to observe the building. This building always fascinated me for its interesting architecture and morbid rumors.

One day I was walking past the building and I felt someone looking at me. I thought the workers were taking a beedi break and looking at the sea and passing comments on the passersby which they usually did. But for a second I had feeling of deja vu. I looked up, saw a man standing at the broken window of the eastern section of the building. For a minute or so he looked at me and then vanished in thin air. I still feel the goosebumps with memory that incident. The rich man was unlucky with the property so he sold it to Ayurveda Clinic. They are still operating in that building.

Second Incident:

Again the Beach Road. One early morning, 4.30 am as it was very quiet and drizzling a little, I decided to take walk. Night before it had rained heavily so there were not many morning walkers, and hardly any traffic. As I stepped out of my house for walk I met my street dog. This dog is weird as he loves to walk in rain, enough his eyes hurt with rain drops. Another dog, seeing us together in expectation of food, joined us.

So three of us were walking. I was enjoying sea and sky, also the soft drizzle. Sometimes the dogs would follow me and at times lead. As we were returning back, dogs were following me. Suddenly they ran in front of me barking crazily though there was no one around of us. They went running in circles barking crazily. As much I called them they wouldn't stop. I ventured forward and felt a shock. I wouldn't see anything but the atmosphere was eerie. As it had started, it stopped and dogs stopped barking and we looked around trying fathom.

I still have no idea what set them barking but definitely whatever it was not pleasant because afterwards I was sick for couple of days.

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vasvdutta (guest)
10 years ago (2013-10-11)
Dear Friends,

It was said that Mr. Cherian head of PIMS (a medical institute) bougth the building and he had done renovations. Rumors say that he went through physical downfall after buying the building. He sold it to this Ayurvedic Clinic, for the inauguration they had formed rituals (haven). Now a days the eastern block is generally closed.
Now what is happening I have no idea. And also my knowledge of Tamil is basic so even if people had told me a lot but I could pick up only basic.

About dogs I have many experiences with them and their ability to understand paranormal. 😁
sds (14 stories) (1436 posts)
10 years ago (2013-10-11)
Hello vasvdutta, nice narration and thanks for sharing. As NorthCoastie said, dogs do have the sensitiveness to feel and see the paranormal. Perhaps they must have definitely seen a spirit, definitely with negative vibes, and that might be the reason they went past you barking. You also confirmed that you did have a eerie feeling, which was not pleasant.

As far as the first incident was concerned, it could be residual. But I can't be sure. What was the time of the incident and if you can tell me exactly where it was located and the time of your sighting, I could try to investigate. Because if it is residual, then it should recur. If you had asked someone about it, please post it.

Yalisai, I am also from Chennai but vasvdutta has long left Pondicherry.

And it is correct that the white Pondicherry has got lot of creepy ghost encounters.

Regards and respects to you and Yalisai.

notjustme (19 stories) (852 posts)
10 years ago (2013-10-09)
I loved this story as I could imagine the whole thing and even felt the atmosphere of Beach Road as if I were there. I like how the dogs joined you during the walk. Thanks for sharing!
NorthCoastie (4 stories) (72 posts)
10 years ago (2013-10-08)
I truly believe dogs and cats can see things we can't. Whether or not it is due to the physical make-up of their eyes, or the fact they do not have predispositions of what is "real" or not... I don't know.

I lived in a house up a few years ago where I had a few possible paranormal experiences. One night I was watching TV when my normally calm dog jumped up and started barking at nothing. He followed whatever it was across the room and up the stairs, then he came running down looking totally confused. I'd love to know what he saw.
Yalisai (1 stories) (26 posts)
10 years ago (2013-10-07)
Interesting post Vasvdutta. I am living in Chennai and quiet familiar with Pondy. Nice to hear from a guy of my region! Keep sharing...!

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